Humor is an intricate concept, and jokes can be as varied as the comedians are. A master of ceremony who doubles up as a comedian is often highly regarded but they still need to find the line. Wedding guests are usually drawn from diverse backgrounds, the couple might be unique in their own way while the ethical standards in the room might also vary. Nothing kills the mood of the crowd than a joke that falls flat on its face. Here are tried and tested ways to keep your jokes in check according to Penda Ireri.
The groom might be fair game, but the bride is off limits
There is not a single person who looks forward to a wedding than the bride. One joke gone wrong might totally ruin her big day, so its highly recommended that you let her bridesmaids bash her a little if they so desire, but not the MC. The groom on the other hand might be fair game, just don’t overdo it.
Stay away from canned jokes, personal jokes work better
A wedding MC worth his name always gives his jokes a personal touch; generic, tired and overused jokes always leave so much to be desired. Only comedian wannabes who have the courage to step on the podium can be forgiven for subjecting the crowd to regurgitated jokes.
When in doubt, its probably not worth cracking it
An MC has an obligation to entertain the bride, the groom, parents, grandparents and the guests. Just because a joke left your contemporaries in stitches during the bachelor’s party does not mean that it will go down well with the bride’s conservative grandmother. All jokes that might turn out to be in a poor taste are a no-no, unless if you want someone to join you on the stage and take you by the throat.
Jokes on exes, divorce or infidelity should be out of limits
Cracking jokes of this nature might be your worst nightmare. They tend to be very close to the line, and the audience will need divine intervention to find the courage to laugh.
The wedding is not a stand-up comedy show
Forget the history that exists between you and the couple, don’t bore the audience with a rehash of the great times you had back in the day, it might not be as funky as you had imagined. The focus must remain on the couple, its their day!